Cranberry was the second of the Marc Jacob's Cocktail splashes I got to sample. I had high hopes after loving each splash in last year's Patisserie collection, but my hopes were dashed, I'm afraid. Cranberry does accurate smell like its namesake. But there's something just a little bit synthetic about it. I can't imagine too many people wanting to smell like Thanksgiving dinner. I'm definitely not one of them. I decided to give it a chance, though, after surprising myself by falling in love with MJ's Pomegranate fragrance from last year's collection. I wore Cranberry around for the afternoon and the staying power was surprisingly good. It softened up nicely on the dry-down, but I still couldn't come to terms with smelling like sweet cranberries. So I took a pass on this one. But others may enjoy it and the fragrance is far from pungent. As usual, you get a whopping 300ml in a bottle, which will last a person a good long time. So if you try Cranberry and love it, you're getting a good value for your money. I'm disappointed it didn't measure up to last year's collection, though. It won't be joining Cucumber, Apple and Pomegranate on my vanity.
After loving last year's Pattisserie line of splashes from Marc Jacobs, I was eager's awaiting 2011's line. The Cocktail collection was announced and I rushed into my nearest Sephora to try them out. Unfortunately, this year's collection doesn't measure up to 2010's. I'm not a fan of ginger in general, but I was urged to give it a shot. Normally I like citrus-based scents (which, surprisingly, this one definitely is), but after the dry-down this fragrance sort of smelled like pine-sol and cheap cologne. Definitely a more masculine fragrance. I wore it around for the rest of the day (it has better staying power than some of MJ's previous splashes) and asked the opinion of a couple of my friends, but we all agreed it was a no-go. Too bad. As usual, though, you get a huge amount in the bottle and I love their minimalist look on my vanity. Ginger, however, will not be joining Cucumber, Apple and Pomegranate in my bathroom.
This is my new holy grail concealer! It has a wonderful consistency and is sheer enough not to look cakey, but covers blemishes and undereye circles perfectly. It can be layered nicely as well for more problem areas. I use this underneath MAC's Mineral Skinfinish Natural as a foundation and am set for the day. My skin has never looked nicer/more natural.
This gets a big plus from me. I had been looking for a nice orange to fill out my color palette and this is it. Unlike other reviewers, this shadow does not appear golden or peach on me. It is a true light orange. Not harsh or garish, but intense as well. Very pretty for the summer.
Grr. I've started to come to the darkside when it comes to Luster eyeshadows. Somehow I've managed to fall in love with Aquadisiac and D'Bohemia, but I still don't like the way they seem to flake all over and the glitter gets all over my face when I apply them, so I passed Goldbit over automatically. I finally went back after reading all the raves to give it a fair shot and I fell for it. This has a very soft texture and is quite surprisingly well-pigmented despite it's fair color. This reminds me of Pollen in many ways and I adore it. A great addition to my collection!
I'm torn on this one. I'm attracted to coral-based lipcolors quite naturally so I picked this color out first from the lipgelee line. I find this to be a less sticky, although just as thick version of the Lancome Juicy Tube. This applies nicely and feels good on my lips, but there is no color to it whatsoever. So it is comparable to any of the other colors in the line. It is a bit overpriced considering it has no effect. But I like it.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Aquamelon tinted lip conditioner
askewchick 6/10/2005 10:33:00 PM
After reading all the raves on the boards I was excited to try this product. My lips are quite sensitive and tend to get dried out so I was happy to find a product geared towards that with great pigment and shimmer. Unfortunately, this was a huge letdown. The product itself is so sheer and greasy that it does nothing for me. The color wears away quickly and it feels vile on my lips. I don't know how this conditions at all. A waste of money when there are similar disappointing products offered by several lines for less money.
I didn't bother trying this lipglass after seeing it in the tube because I was sure it was too intense and dramatic for my fair NC15 complexion. It is the warmest bronzed red. It can be layered for a dramatic look or applied sparsely for a more natural sheered look. Very versatile. I love this since I have a hard time finding suitable red lipcolors. I hate that this is limited edition so I am trying to swap for as many backups as I can.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 266 Thin Small Angle (Synthetic hair)
askewchick 6/10/2005 9:23:00 PM
This is a fantastic brush. I bought it about ten years ago to apply powder shadows to my brow with. I lost that one over time, but was lucky enough to rediscover this great brush when the fluidlines were released. This is just stiff and just pliable enough to use with both powder and emmolient mediums. I love this for creating a solid line with my fluidlines. Wetting it in advance can also be used to create a more precise, thin line. Fantastic. The cost isn't even that terrible consider the quality and durability of this brush.
I really like MAC paints. I had not been able to find an acceptable creaseless eyeshadow base for a long time when I received Untitled paint in a swap several years ago. It was my wonder product. I apply it as a base every day to ensure that my shadows don't crease. It is also the perfect nude neutral so it doesn't mess with the natural pigment of any eyecolors. Unfortunately, I haven't has as much luck with the more shimmery paints (Stilife and Magrittes in particular). I find they apply much more sheerly and tend to crease more easily. I was hoping they'd provide a little oomph for my shimmery shadows. Unfortunately it was quite lackluster. The packaging for this isn't perfect, but I can't think of a better one considering the consistency and nature of this product. All in all, this is the best out there for it's genre, but it could still use a bit of improvement.
This is a great product and is my second favorite of MAC's offerings after their eyeshadows. How well you like this product depends quite a bit on how well the color and texture of the particular lipglass you're using suits you. Despite the enormous array of colors, the textures and consistencies of the lipglasses really vary. Some are thick, others thin. Some are smooth and pearly while others are gritty and glittery. Some are sheer while others are super-pigmented. So if you come across one you don't like on your first time out, don't give up entirely! MAC also tends to offer great new additions with each collection. This is the best of the best out there.
This is AWESOME! I find this to be more of a special effect lipglass than a run-of-the-mill color. In the tube it appears to be a frightening milky white with red pearl. Once applied, however, it goes pearly pink. Very neat. This is great over other lipcolors or as a way to add a little kick to your own natural lipcolor. Totally unique!
This lipglass is B-O-R-I-N-G. It is a muted medium rose with very little shimmer or life. I'll keep it as a normal pink, but I definitely wouldn't bother repurchasing it. I thought this was going to be the winner from the BA collection, but I was much more impressed with Sexy Sweet and Elle. Pity.
This is the winner from the line of lipglasses with the BA collection. I thought I'd love Rayothon (which is quite flat and common), but this intense bronze can appear quite intimidating in the tube. I was sure it would be too dark/bright for my NC15 complexion, but I'm definitely glad I gave it a shot. This is gorgeous! I find it similar to Sunny Boy only more orange and less pink. Fantastic! Completely versatile and wearable and definitely not as garish as it might appear in the tube. A true copper.
This is absolutely lovely and is definitely the gem of the Belle Azure collection. I think this could potentially be the next Parrot or Moth Brown. This is a powerfully intense medium green with gold. I love this because it is bright and is neither too dark nor too light. It can also be paired with a huge variety of shades. The VP texture also makes this smooth and pigmented which is a huge plus.